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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Michael Joel Schrift, DO, MA (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: This book covers the proposed changes to be considered in the future DSM-V regarding substance use disorders. The complexities of the categorical and dimensional understanding of diagnoses seem to be seriously considered by this work group and taken into account in making their proposals. Written and edited by internationally recognized clinician-researchers, the book is an excellent insight into understanding the research strategies for the diagnosis of substance use disorders.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a view of the complexities in refining and redefining the substance use nomenclature.
Audience: The intended audience includes psychiatrists, addiction psychiatrists, and addictionologists.
Features: The chapters cover an analysis of the categorical versus dimensional approach, the neurobiology of addiction, cultural influences, the overlap between ICD and DSM, comorbidity, subtypes, epidemiology, adolescent substance related disorders, diagnostic specificity in regard to different drugs, pathological gambling, data sets, and research recommendations for DSM-V. Each chapter ends with relevant citations from the scientific literature.
Assessment: This book documents the thoughtful approach of the substance use disorder working group in approaching the future DSM-V disorders. This well written and scholarly text will provide readers with useful insights into the DSM process for substance use disorders.